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Emmanuel C. Montoya

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Corpus Christi

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SFSU (San Francisco State University)

Representing galleries
Back to the Picture Latin American Gallery; The Annex Gallery; The Framery Gallery; Calabi Gallery;

sculpture, printmaking mixed-media


“My specific passion is for the relief print. The art of printmaking is not just one impression -like a single painting or drawing. Printmaking is many impressions, thus allowing a multitude of participants to engage in a cultural tradition. As a master printmaker, I cherish this creative process the most—it is my contribution to society and it is my vision to carry forward this age-old technology to meet the print technologies of the 21stcentury”.        Emmanuel C. Montoya

Emmanuel a descendent of Lipan Apache and Mexican heritage and was born in the small south coastal town of Corpus Christi, Texas. Emmanuel is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas.  For some forty-eight years Emmanuel has been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended high school and went on to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at San Francisco State University. 

At its core, Emmanuel’s style is a collage of many influences, from: the Chicano movement of the late 1960s & 70s to the master printmakers and muralists of contemporary Mexico and Latin America, and the contemporary art movement in North America during the 1930s and 40s. When he was a young artist growing up in San Francisco, Bill Graham’s 60’s rock concert posters - with their splashing, colorful imagery and flowing text that represented the era and music of the time - had a strong creative affect on him.

To this day, this elemental style continues to resurface in his work. Emmanuel’s specific passion is for the relief print, which has a rich history and artistic tradition that goes back some 100 years - from the printmakers of Mexico, Latin America and the United States.

For the past thirty years, Emmanuel has taught printmaking, mural painting and drawing in diverse venues that range from community-based organizations to university classrooms. Emmanuel’s collections and commissions include: Standford University Libraries Collection; U.S. Library of Congress; “Bring on Song and Celebration”, Alameda County Art Commission; Museo Estudio de Diego Rivera in Mexico; Mexican Fine Arts Center in Chicago, IL; “Quetzalcoatl: Deity of Knowledge & Culture” public artwork located in the Mission Branch Library, San Francisco, CA; The “Casablanca Room” Murals in the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University; The Supreme Court of California; and wood-sculpted shore birds as part of the mural, “Santuario” a work of public art at the San Francisco International Airport.

Recent Exhibits

Emmanuel C. Montoya participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2012 Caballeros - Recent Works by 13 Bay Area Gentlemen
Back to the Picture Latin American Gallery
Mar, 2011 Latin@ Printmakers Exhibition: Grabados de Paz y Guerra
Jerry Adams Gallery, Berkeley City College
Jul, 2009 California in Relief: A History in Wood and Linocut Prints
Hearst Art Gallery
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